Review – Rick’s Picks hotties

Pickles are a generally unchanging side snack from the ages, you have a small trio that generally cater to fans, the sweet, the savory and the sour. Today though we get some heat in there, the Sriracha hotties from Rick’s Picks, these pickles pack a sting and a slow burn as you snack through them thanks to the Habanero powder in the brine. While that might sound a bit crazy, it’s not as the flavor is smooth, refreshing and then after you swallow it you realize that eating a batch of them at once was likely a bad idea.

Nutritional information:

Serv. Size: 1 oz (28g), Servings: about 12, Amount Per Serving: Calories 10, Total Fat 0g (0% DV), Sodium 105mg (4% DV), Total Carb. 2g (1%DV), Protein 0g, Vitamin C (2% DV), Calcium (10% DV). Not a significant source of Fat Cal., Sat. Fat, Trans Fat, Cholest., Fiber, Sugars, Vitamin A or Iron. Percent Daily Values (DV) are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

Ingredients:

cucumbers, vinegar, water, sriracha* (red chili, sugar, salt, garlic, fish extract, lactic acid/e270, acetic acid/e260, antioxidant (ascorbic acid/e300), garlic, chili powder, Habanero powder, calcium chloride (a natural mineral to enhance crispness).

The 24 oz. jar packs crinkle cut pickles long brewed in this mix, we broke out half the jar for testing and gave it a go. The biggest thing we noticed is that while one might expect Habanero powder to overwhelm, it really doesn’t hit as hard as one would imagine, it’s a clean flavor with a low burn that would easily match up with a Santa Fe style burger to give it some kick. The pickling itself doesn’t pack a hard after-taste of vinegar and it holds off from any sudden bite, even when mixed the heat rolls on with anything it’s paired to. The pickles themselves were a mix for our experience, some pieces softer with a crunchy skin while others have a crisper bite to them. Given they’re locally grown you’re bound to get some shifts in the consistency but the goodness is still there.

 

While there is worry about the hotties being a one hit wonder, the flavor is appealing to put on relatively anything, they blend with cheeses, crackers and regular food with ease. Even intermediate seekers of hotness will find this as a suitable daily eater unless they plow through the whole jar and they act as a conversation piece with friends over their concentrated hotness. The other thing that did stand out is the heat does intensify for damage when eaten on an empty stomach, in fact the hotties kick their feet up on the table and stay a little while so watch out. Depending on your batch or if you’re shaking them as well to keep the powder on the pickles your results will vary, out of the jar after sitting they were mild but with a bite, after shaking the jar up after our taste session it made the heat go up quite a few notches.

Overall the batch was a refreshing change, the flavor and crispness were unique as a shift, the spice isn’t too bold and it blends in without changing the flavor of everything else too much. If you’re a fan of hot foods and want to venture into something to expand your realm we do suggest considering putting a jar of these in your fridge. If this is new ground for you, it’s still worth it if you can stand above average heat in your food.

If you’re curious about what else Rick’s Picks sells I suggest checking out their site, if you want to know more about the history of Rick’s Picks I would say check out their handy FAQ telling all about the company.

Price: $7.99 – Order page

Review team: Vee, Franks!, Tech2k

Review – Melinda’s Naga Jolokia Sauce

Product: Melinda’s® Naga Jolokia Habanero Pepper Sauce
Manufacturer: Melinda’s
Price: $7.49
Website: Melinda’s

Some people love finding the next frontier of heat, others just want to find out what it’s like to have fire poured through their insides while their body can still handle it. The Naga Jolokia is a pepper that fits in for both of these groups, shooting well over the 1,000,000 scovillle unit mark when tested, this is the pepper to end all peppers right now.

Coming into this test, I was used to cooking and using a large variety of peppers from my garden including thai and a variety of habanero varieties. Unfortunately, none of them could really prepare me for what was to come, this sauce really is fire in a bottle. Upon opening the Naga Jolokia sauce you get a whiff of the potency, for some it may bring a cough when the scent hits the air. The initial test from the bottle was a few dashes into a small ceramic bowl, after that point everything else was just legend.

Using breaded chicken tenders to test on, it was an experience, the first notes are sweet from the sauce pushing the papaya and passion fruit forward with even a note of the carrot. As soon as a couple of seconds pass, this entirely dies and the Naga comes in and keeps burning all the way down. Unlike other peppers or sauces, this doesn’t exactly calm down when doused, instead it burns every single part that it touches, your skin, your lips, your tongue and everything else. It’s a bit of magic really, keep in mind this was a light dip. When you engage the Naga Jolokia further you get the stronger notes of the chili coming forward, with a half dip the intensity takes less and less time until you feel as if you’re overheating.

Is the Naga Jolokia sauce from Melinda’s for you? Maybe, if you think eating a raw habanero is the most extreme thing ever I can say this will floor you to the point of begging for mercy. If you think that and the Red Savina is a good starter for a meal, then this should get your senses going. I say if your stomach is up for a journey as is the lower half of your body, the Naga Jolokia sauce is probably the most accessible way to get your burn on. You’ve probably seen the Man Vs. Food clips and often those challenges aren’t very close for most of us, this saves the trouble of booking a plane and packing your bags.

If you’re an avid shopper of Marshall’s and other stores like it, you can usually score the sauce for $2.99 – 3.99 as well, stock up on those when you can, generally they don’t stick around.